Providing meaningful stakeholder involvement

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Advisory Panel

Membership

The North Pacific Research Board's Advisory Panel provides a mechanism for meaningful community involvement throughout the science program, from planning to oversight and review. The panel has a significant advice-giving role, with active involvement in setting priorities, defining questions, and keeping interested users informed of board activities. 

During NPRB's foundational years (2002-2008), the advisory panel underwent several modifications. Initially, a ten-member committee called the Local and Traditional Knowledge Committee was formed to represent those interests and support the existing stakeholder representation on the board. In 2007, the board approved and modified the Local and Traditional Knowledge Committee to be what is currently called the Advisory Panel.

Currently the advisory panel retains a twelve-member panel that facilitates stakeholder interest and serves broad constituencies associated with Alaska coastal areas and users of the marine environment. These interests include subsistence and commercial fishing, oil and gas, and local government.

Panel Terms

Members serve three-year terms, with a possibility of reappointment for a second, consecutive term of three years. A one-year hiatus is required before consecutive reappointment. If a member has served two terms but fewer than six total years, they may seek reappointment within an open call for nominations. Along with the science panel chair, the advisory panel chair attends the full board meeting to report their respective panel's recommendations. 

Panel members are appointed to represent specific regions that correspond to NPRB's three main recognized marine ecosystems. These regions are the Bering Sea, Arctic Ocean (which includes the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas), and Gulf of Alaska; there is also one at-large member of the panel. 

Current Advisory Panel Members

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First Last Region Represented Term
Reid Brewer, PhD Gulf of Alaska June 2017 - May 2020
Ruth Christiansen At-Large June 2016 - May 2019; Chair May 2018 - present
Dave Gaudet Gulf of Alaska June 2018 - May 2021
Melissa Good Bering Sea June 2017 - May 2020
Nagruk Harcharek Arctic Ocean June 2014 - May 2020; Vice Chair 2017 - present
Mitch Kilbourn Gulf of Alaska June 2017 - May 2020
Brian Lynch Gulf of Alaska June 2017 - May 2020
Mike Pederson Arctic Ocean June 2017 - May 2020
VACANT   Bering Sea  
Ernie Weiss Bering Sea June 2018 - May 2021
Verner Wilson Arctic June 2017 - May 2020
Caitlin Yeager Bering Sea June 2018 - May 2021

Past Advisory Panel Members

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First Last Hometown Term
Helen Aderman Bering Sea April 2008 - May 2017
Michael Bradley Anchorage, AK March 2003 - March 2007
Louis Brzuzy, PhD Arctic Ocean June 2015 - May 2016
Patricia Cochran Anchorage, AK March 2003 - March 2007 (Vice Chair)
Cora Crome Petersburg, AK March 2003 - March 2004
Dan Falvey Gulf of Alaska January 2011 - May 2017
Gary Freitag Gulf of Alaska April 2008 - May 2017
John Gerster, PhD Anchorage, AK March 2003 - September 2005
Mark Gleason Seattle, AK January 2011 - September 2012
Justine Gundersen Nelson Lagoon, AK April 2008 - 2009
Ronald Hegge Grand Junction, CO May 2005 - April 2011
Shirley Kelly Anchorage, AK March 2003 - April 2011
Frank Kelty Unalaska, AK May 2005 - April 2011
Simon Kinneen Anchorage, AK March 2003 - March 2005
Christopher Krenz, PhD At-Large June 2014 - 2016
Lloyd Lowry Kailua-Kona, HI June 2013 - May 2014
Paul MacGregor Seattle, WA March 2003 - March 2005
Steve MacLean Anchorage, AK May 2005 - December 2007
Michael Macrander, PhD Anchorage, AK April 2011 - January 2015
Heather McCarty Juneau, AK March 2003 - March 2007
Vera Metcalf Arctic Ocean April 2008 - May 2017
Laura Morse Arctic Ocean June 2016 - September 2017
Edward Poulsen Bering Sea April 2011 - May 2018; Chair 2017 - 2018
Steve Reifenstuhl Gulf of Alaska August 2012 - May 2018
Matt Robinson Bering Sea June 2017 - May 2018
Gay Sheffield Bering Sea April 2011 - May 2017
Rex Snyder Anchorage, AK January 2011 - May 2014
Jeff Stephan Gulf of Alaska April 2008 - May 2017; Chair 2011 - 2017
Arni Thomson Seattle, WA March 2003 - April 2011
Gale Vick Fairbanks, AK March 2003 - April 2011
Jon Warrenchuk Juneau, AK October 2003 - April 2005
Kim Williams Dillingham, AK April 2008 - April 2011
Phillip Zavadil Bering Sea April 2011 - May 2016

Past Local & Traditional Knowledge Committee Members

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First Last Hometown
RosemaryAhtuangaruakNuiqsut, AK
JamesBerner, PhDAnchorage, AK
MichaelBradleyAnchorage, AK
DorothyChildersAnchorage, AK
HelenChythlookDillingham. AK
RayKoonuk, Sr.Point Hope, AK
IvanLukinPort Lions, AK
SteveMacLeanAnchorage, AK
EnochShiedt, Sr.Kotzebue, AK
JustineVickNelson Lagoon, AK